Person arrested in connection to fatal Clovis bar shooting released from custody, police say


CLOVIS, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – A person who was arrested Sunday in connection to a deadly shooting at a bar in Old Town Clovis has been released from custody, according to police.

The Clovis Police Department says detectives took someone they believed was possibly involved in the shooting into custody after a SWAT search warrant was carried out Sunday morning as part of an investigation into the incident.

Police say there was evidence found during the search, but the person was released from custody after speaking with detectives due to insufficient grounds to file a criminal complaint.

Lt. Jim Munro says progress has been made in the investigation as detectives continue to search for the person who shot and killed two men and injured a third.

The deadly shooting broke out around 2 a.m. Saturday at the Palace Bar near Clovis Avenue and 5th Street in Old Town Clovis.

Officers arrived at the bar within 2 minutes of the first 911 call and found three men suffering from gunshot wounds.

Clovis Police say two of the men did not survive their injuries, and the third man is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Authorities have identified the men who were killed as 21-year-old Merehildo Luna and 27-year-old Andres Sanchez.

Lt. Munro says the shooter is believed to have been with a group of people that bar staff had kicked out of the business earlier in the night.

Police say surveillance cameras captured the shooter coming back to the bar with another person later on.

Once inside the bar, police say the shooter immediately opened fire before quickly running out of the business.

The murders mark the 1st and 2nd homicides of the year in the City of Clovis.

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